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Progressive Insurance Atlanta Boat Show

Posted: 1/9/2015

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Progressive insurance Atlanta Boat Show Drops Anchor at Georgia World Congress Center

<em>2015 event showcases hundreds of new boats and on-water fun, ideal winter destination for Southeast boaters


ATLANTA, Jan. 7, 2015 –The greatest selection of boats and watercraft in the Southeast will be featured at the Progressive insurance Atlanta Boat Show, Georgia’s premier boating event, at the Georgia World Congress Center Jan. 15 – 18, 2015. The entire family can enjoy special attractions such as the new Robo Surfer- Surfing Simulator and Let’s Go Fishing Center, while discovering deals on hundreds of the latest boats and accessories, making the annual event a one-stop-shop for aquatic adventures, from fishing and sailing to powerboats and pontoons.


“With the passion for boating continuing to grow in Georgia, we’re proud to announce a 15 percent growth in the 2015 Progressive insurance Atlanta Boat Show, as well as new features for all to enjoy, including the Robo Surfer and a special Family Night to launch this year’s show,” said Larry Berryman, show manager. “The ongoing momentum for boating has led to not only an increase in quality time on the water for 89 million Americans, but also contributions to the Georgia economy through 6,000 jobs and almost $400 million in the sales of boats, engines, trailers and accessories for the State in 2013.”


DiSCOVeR the Southeast’s most expansive array of watercraft.

             From paddleboats and pontoons to extravagant yachts, fishing vessels and powerboats for skiers to take on the wake, the Progressive insurance Atlanta Boat Show will showcase more than 500 boats, the Southeast’s largest selection, with a wide variety of options for each visitor to fit their niche.          in addition to exhibitors offering some of their largest discounts of the year, Discover Boating’s Welcome to the Water Center offers expertise on selecting the watercraft that is best for one’s interest as well as budget, with plans for less than $250 a month.          Returning from winning a seventh world championship, the Miss GeiCO Racing Team will introduce its newest offshore racing boat. Made of carbon and Kevlar, the 50-ft. Victory catamaran weighs six tons and runs on 1,650 RACe Sterndrive Mercury Racing piston–powered engines that generate 3,000 horsepower, leading to speeds of more than 200 mph. See her in action.


eXPeRieNCe interactive fun and unique activities for the whole family.

             Get a taste of family fun on the water opening day, Jan. 15, when attendees will receive special discounts to local restaurants and have the opportunity to win exclusive Family Day prizes. Visit to download a FRee ticket, valid for use only on Thursday, Jan. 15, courtesy of the Marine Trade Association of Metro Atlanta.          Hang ten without the water on the new Robo Surfer—Surfing SimulatorThis mechanical surf board gives riders the chance to test their skills as if they’re riding real waves, right on the show floor. Surfers can have the board adjusted to different levels of difficulty, making it fun for beginners or professionals from the pipeline.  Should they wipe out, they’ll fall into a sea of inflatable waves. <em>Open to anyone 40 inches or taller.          Little ones can have fun in the deep blue sea without any worries about getting splashed at the Sea House Bounce Park.  They can jump about among an “ocean” of friends including a giant whale and octopus, and slide down the “plank” of a pirate ship.          Saturday and Sunday from 12-4 p.m., children can meet their favorite adventurer, Dora the explorer, as she comes to discover all the new and exciting offering at the Show.          TGiF! Boating enthusiasts can enjoy their own version of Cocktail Cove with $5 drinks after 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 16.


GeT SCHOOLeD in new boating and fishing skills.

             Catch the latest tips on how to enhance angling techniques at The Let’s Go Fishing Center.  Top fishermen and guides will share their expertise on both salt and freshwater fishing during hourly seminars, or attendees can chat one on one with local fishing clubs and organizations. Little ones will have the chance to take on a rod & reel at the Catch and Release Trout Pond.          Stop by for a DiY download at the perennial handyman haven, Fred’s Shed interactive Learning Center, as certified Marine Technician “Fred” and “The Boating Guy” share 50 years of experience in quick fixes, tools and techniques on actual boat and motor cutaways. Learn how to maintain, repair or upgrade a boat or motor, then put newfound knowledge to the test during a hands-on clinic, complete with discussions and Q&A sessions.          Sailors of all skill sets can attend seminars hosted by Windsong Sailing Academy. Complimentary classes at both introductory and advanced levels will be offered.


“every year more Georgians are discovering the joys of life on the water. it’s exciting to see the growth of the boat show, the return of familiar faces, and new boating fans,” Berryman noted. “We have more boats and accessories than ever, making the 2015 show the ideal event for anyone considering buying a boat, whether they’re beginning boaters or have weathered their fair share of waves. This is a great time to leave the chills of winter behind and start thinking of enjoying the summer sun on the water.” 


Save $2 by purchasing tickets online before Jan. 15, and receive a complimentary one-year subscription to Cruising World, Outdoor Life, Yachting, Field & Stream or Popular Science. Visit for more information and follow the show on TwitterFacebook and instagram 






2015 Progressive insurance Atlanta Boat Show


Move in:

Jan. 10 – 14

A sea of boats will make their way down the streets of Atlanta to dock at the Georgia World Congress Center. This flotilla of fun will make commutes much more scenic.



Jan. 15-18, 2015

Thursday – Friday, Jan. 15-1611 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 17, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 18, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.



Georgia World Congress Center, Hall C

285 Andrew Young international Blvd., NW

Atlanta, GA 30313



Adults 16 and older:  $12

Youth 15 and under: FRee (when accompanied by an adult)


Show Office 404-222-5200 (beginning Monday, Jan. 6)

Follow the show on FacebookTwitter, and instagram.



About the Progressive&reg; insurance Atlanta Boat Show: The Progressive&reg; insurance Atlanta Boat Show is produced by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), the world’s largest producer of boat shows and the leading association representing the recreational boating industry. NMMA member companies produce more than 80 percent of the boats, engines, trailers, accessories and gear used by boaters and anglers throughout the U.S. and Canada. The association is dedicated to industry growth through programs in public policy advocacy, market statistics and research, product quality assurance and promotion of the boating lifestyle. For more information, visit

About Progressive: The Progressive Group of insurance Companies makes it easy to understand, buy and use auto insurance. Progressive offers choices so consumers can reach it whenever, wherever and however it’s most convenient—online at, by phone at 1-800-PROGReSSiVe, on a mobile device or in-person with a local agent.

Progressive also offers insurance for personal and commercial autos and trucks, motorcycles, boats, recreational vehicles, as well as home insurance through select carriers. it’s the fourth largest auto insurer in the country, the largest seller of motorcycle insurance and a leader in commercial auto insurance. Progressive also offers car insurance online in Australia at

Founded in 1937, Progressive continues its long history of offering shopping tools and services that save customers time and money, like Name Your Price&reg;,Snapshot&reg; and Service Centers.

The Common Shares of The Progressive Corporation, the Mayfield Village, Ohio-based holding company, trade publicly at NYSe:PGR.

To learn more about Progressive Boat insurance, which insures more than one million watercraft, contact erin Vrobel at 395-0179.


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